The City of Fort St. John has been working to address the current taxi problems after numerous complaints surfaced about the state of taxi service within the community.

The Tourism Fort St. John Board, in particular, had addressed a formal complaint to the Ministry of Transportation back in December regarding the long wait times to procure a taxi, unclean taxis and drivers that smoke in their vehicles.

A City bylaw officer has performed two unannounced inspections on both Fort St. John Cabs and Teco Taxi, which are under the same management company. One inspection was done back in December and the other in April.

In a report presented to City Council at Monday’s meeting, the bylaw officer indicated that the taxis currently being used all appeared relatively clean and fairly well maintained.

The most recent inspection also found both companies had a total of eight taxis in service, down from 16 that were on the road in December. However, of the eight, only two vehicles are compliant with a city bylaw stating that vehicles more than 10 years must be approved by a License Inspector.

The report also indicated that several more vehicles would be added to the fleet within the next month.

The City also says the Protective Services Department will be monitoring taxi cleanliness and performing inspections on a monthly basis.